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Amanda Vaill is a writer and critic whose articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and magazines such as Esquire and GQ. Vaill's first book, published in 1998, was a biography of an American couple who were part of the Paris "Lost Generation" in the 1920s. In Everybody mostra'n més Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story, Vaill focuses mainly on those years in France, when the Murphys were at the center of a artistic circle that included Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Fitzgerald used the Murphys as models for the characters Nicole and Dick Driver in Tender is the Night.) Amanda Vaill lives in New York. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an executive editor at the Viking Penguin publishing house. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Vaill, Amanda
Data de naixement
20th Century
Llocs de residència
New York, New York, USA
Harvard University
book editor
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Amanda was educated at Harvard University and spent a number of years in book publishing before becoming a full-time writer in 1992. Her journalism and criticism have appeared in such publications as ArtNews, Ballet Review, Esquire, New York Magazine, Town & Country, The Washington Post, and Architectural Digest, where she is a Contributing Writer. She lives in New York City.



My only issue with this well-researched book is the title. Hotel Florida seemed like a minor part of the narrative.
sblock | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | May 12, 2021 |
A gripping description of the Spanish Civil War and its implication for the rest of Europe as seen not through the eyes of the combatants, but through the eyes of three couples who wrote about it and photographed it. This felt more "up close and personal" and made sense out of a very confusing time period. Very readable. Pictures were included in the edition I read.
steller0707 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Aug 25, 2019 |
Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time; handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. In Everybody Was So Young, Amanda Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the Murphys lived and the fascinating friends who flocked around them. Whether summering with Picasso on the French Riviera or watching bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona, Gerald and Sara inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nicole and Dick Diver in Tender is the Night were modeled after the Murphys). The era of the Lost Generation has always fascinated me, and Vaill provides a delicious keyhole look at this period and the people who made it so colorful.… (més)
patriciau | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Dec 27, 2018 |
I am trying to wrap my brain around just how special Sara and Gerald Murphy's reputation was between post World War I and pre World War II. Just the who's who name dropping when describing their inner circle alone is spectacular. Even at an early age, both Sara and Gerald hobnobbed with notables (Sara was warned not to wear a long scarf while flying with the Wright brothers and Gerald was schoolmates with Dorothy (Rothschild) Parker). The Murphys vacation spot of choice was a rocky beach in the south of France. It was easy to rub elbows with the big names for Paris was a hotbed for creativity during the 1920s. Artists, photographers, writers, poets and fashionistas alike flocked to the city center and soon made their way to the French Riviera. Gerald and Sara knew how to entertain all ages. Their children were treated to elaborate parties including a scavenger hunt that took them by sailboat across the Mediterranean. It was a charmed life...until it wasn't. Interspersed with the good times are episodes of tragedy - illnesses, death, Fitzgerald's drinking and subsequent estrangements from longtime friends. But, it was probably the tragic deaths of their two sons, Baoth and Patrick that were the most devastating and marked the end of an era for Sara and Gerald.… (més)
SeriousGrace | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Sep 27, 2017 |



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